Flooding shuts down airport runway in Scotland

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Heavy rain has caused flight delays and disruptions at Prestwick Airport in Glasgow, Scotland.

A number of flights had to be switched to the airport's second runway as a result of flooding, and the main runway was closed on Thursday.

Four flights scheduled to land on Thursday night were diverted to Edinburgh Airport, according to the BBC.

Passengers on flights due to fly to Palma, Wroclaw, Fuerteventura and Dublin on Friday have been told to expect delays.

Iain Cochrane, chief executive of the airport, told BBC Radio Scotland: "We opened just after 6am this morning.

"The opening of the second runway allows us to facilitate all of our passenger traffic.

"We've never experienced this level of rainfall in such a short period of time. The burn that runs under the main runway burst its banks and backed up and caused extensive problems, not just within the airport vicinity but in the surrounding area."

A statement the airport's website said: "Flights may still be subject to delay and disruption, and passengers are advised to contact their airline for further information.

"Please allow extra time when travelling to/from the airport as some access routes may still be disrupted."

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